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REALITY (2014)
"Dupieux's stuff is still wrong and oh so right."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "A sad thing about how peculiar movies like those made by Quentin Dupieux are likely to be more readily available to a larger audience via the various on-demand services is that I'm certain that, at some point while making this film, he smiled upon imagining people going to a cinema box office and asking for "a ticket to reality". Or "un billet à réalité", since he's French. I suppose selecting "Reality" from a set-top box's menu works too, although it's not the same as saying it out loud. Either way, you'll wind up with something else entirely, as entertaining and odd as his previous features." (more)
ROAR (1981)
"A truly insane curiosity."
4 stars
Jay Seaver says... "That "Roar" never got much of a theatrical release when it was new may be for the best. It means that very few have ever approached it expecting something conventional and been disappointed on that count. Instead, just about everyone who buys a ticket or sends it to their television knows that they're getting the insane movie made with semi-cooperative big cats, and will basically accept it for what it is." (more)
"A great look at girls who get overlooked."
5 stars
Jay Seaver says... ""Girlhood" opens with French teenagers playing American football until the field lights go off, presumably after the teams playing le foot are done with it. Most, if not all, of these girls are black, immigrants or the children of such, and maybe considered not REALLY French by many of the people around them. So they wind up in this isolated world seemingly surrounded by France on all sides, trying to carve their own space as best they can, hopefully as well as the film itself does." (more)
"Does a bit more than half a good job playing against expectations."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "Show me "Maggie" at a genre film festival with a cast of unknowns, and I likely react with unreserved excitement. That is, after all, the natural life-cycle and scale of movies such which play with genre conventions the way this one does. This one's got Arnold Schwarzenegger in the middle of it, and for all that this is intriguing in its own right, it throws things off even more than such an imperfect fit otherwise might." (more)
"Not perfect, but still a good time"
4 stars
Charles Tatum says... "The Barden Bellas are back, and the comedy is cranked up in this sequel that is just as good as the first film." (more)
"Funniest movie about a teenager with cancer that you'll see."
5 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL BOSTON 2015: There are plenty of reasons to be wary of "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl"; from the start, it's got a seeming tendency to be glib and self-aware in a way that doesn't always do it many favors. That's why it must eventually be relentless in making those properties work for it, and while I don't really see enough teen-oriented movies that I can conclusively say that this is one of the best in recent memory, it's both impressively well-intentioned and entertaining, and not a whole lot of movies for any demographic manage both at once." (more)
"A Not-Bad Noir"
3 stars
Jack Sommersby says... "A Showtime original movie, it deserved to play in theaters rather than solely on cable television what with this high level of the performances." (more)
"This cast and premise should be a much more enjoyable trip."
2 stars
Jay Seaver says... "Even if you're not a real fan of Indian film but just sort of generally aware of it (and maybe not even that), the cast of "Piku" should make you take note: Amitabh Bachchan is an institution who has been popular for decades and patriarch of a major acting family, Deepika Padukone is one of the country's most popular leading ladies, and Irrfan Khan is in tremendous demand in both Bollywood and Hollywood. And, yet, despite what seems like it should be a fun premise, the film is a real bore because this great cast is given nothing to do." (more)
"For and about movie-lovers, and missing much else."
3 stars
Jay Seaver says... "SCREENED AT INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL BOSTON 2015: I suspect that film fans are going to talk "The Wolfpack" up more than it truly merits; the only thing we like more than an amazing story is meeting folks who love movies as much as we do, and there's no denying that this movie has both. The thing is, while "meeting" the Angulo brothers certainly makes one want to like the movie, I wonder how much it will hide the film's flaws to those who aren't the same sort of fanatics." (more)
"'Listen' Here -- Stay Clear of This Mess"
2 stars
Jack Sommersby says... "Grossing a mere $4,299,023 at the U.S. box office, it likely didn't catch on due to its atypical subject matter, but bad word-of-mouth certainly didn't help." (more)

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